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Serial armed convenience store robbers caught?

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 05 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 07 2012 05:15:35 AM CST

Are they teens guilty of reckless driving, or a rash of armed robberies? Schuylkill County police have two men in custody who they hope will help answer a lot of questions.

Are they teens guilty of reckless driving, or a rash of armed robberies? Schuylkill Co. police have two men in custody who they hope will help answer a lot of questions.

Jose Nunez and Tysheed Hargrove, both 18-years-old, were arrested Sunday night after the two led officers on a high speed chase, police said. A stolen handgun was also found inside the car.

But could those charges be the tip of the criminal iceberg?

The question both Schuylkill and Carbon County cops have is whether Nunez of Hazelton, Luzerne County, and Hargrove, address unknown, are gun-toting armed robbers.

It's a question Kathy Nicholls has too.

"We're significantly affected by these robberies. Our cashiers and customers are all scared," she said.

Nicholls showed us security video of the Saturday night robbery of her Tamaqua, Schuylkill Co., convenience store. Clearly visible is a man wearing a blue bandana, black hoodie and green jacket who walks in, pulls a gun and demands money from the unsuspecting store clerk.

"We are just really nervous they are going to keep coming back," Nicholls went on to say.

Nicholls says on January 20 the same store was robbed. In that video you can see a similar style outfit and actions from the suspect but instead of a green jacket and blue bandana it's a black jacket and white bandana.

Over the past several weeks Carbon Co. and Schuylkill Co. police say there have been seven similar style holdups, including a third store owned by Nicholls.

In all cases police say the suspects attire was similar: bandanas, winter North Face Jackets and hoodies.

Only one thing will make Nicholls feel more secure.

"Matching those fingerprints up with the ones they arrested," she said.

Both Nunez and Hargrove are being held on $100,000 bail for reckless driving and weapons charges.

At this time police aren't saying if Nunez and Hargrove are part of the crime spree.